Issue 3 | 2022

16. September 2022

In recent years, hardly any buzzword has become as much a part of everyday human life as “artificial intelligence” – from voice assistants and autonomous driving to “deep fakes” in video clips. Science, meanwhile, has long been dealing with the methods behind the buzzword. Computer scientist Jan Stühmer is working on novel algorithms and models for this. Since 1 September, he has headed the new HITS junior group “Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence” (MLI). Jan Stühmer was concurrently appointed as a junior professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

A team of astrophysicists including HITS group leader Fabian Schneider has found the proverbial – invisible – needle in the stellar haystack: an inactive stellar-mass black hole located in our neighboring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud. Their findings were published in the journal “Nature Astronomy.”

The section “Beyond the limits” is dedicated to the Open Day in July: For the first time in four years, HITS invited the public again and, in addition to lectures, hands-on stations and presentations, offered tours of the historic garden on campus for the first time.

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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